The language is exquisite. The form is unique and daring– a series of brief language arts essays as if written by a school child, each responding to a literary work–Frost, Whitman, Thornton Wilder. The whole depicts in compressed form an autobiography of place, a very vegetal place, full of secret and entwining grow, itself a metaphor, as Whitman’s web-casting spider poem is, for the doings of the soul. I admire the originality of the structure which makes it new, and its engagement with both the intimate personal and the objective text– in this case literary text. That tension is at the root of the essay going back to Montaigne.
Harrison, Suzan. "Repudiating Faulkner: Race and Responsibility in Ellen Douglas's The Rock Cried Out ." Harrison argues that Ellen Douglas reconsiders many issues central to the Southern Renascence, as that movement has been critically defined: "Explicitly engaging the shadow of Faulkner Douglas's novel [ The Rock Cried Out raises questions about how the white southern writer confronts issues of race and guilt in a post-renascence, post-Civil Rights era South." The Southern Literary Journal 36, 1 (Fall 2003] pp. 1-20 [free at jstor, click "Preview" or "Read Online"].